NHTSA Considers Speed Limits on New Cars, California Considers $2,500 Tax Credit for Non-Car Owners, and Ford Finally Gets It
It’s election day in California.
If you live in the state, get out and vote by bike if you haven’t already.
Seriously, what are you waiting for?
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aka NHTSA, asked if Americans would accept GPS-based speed limiters that would prevent drivers of new cars from exceeding the speed limit except in an emergency.
A modern take on mechanical speed governors, the electronic system, which comes into force in the European Union this year, is said to be slowly reducing deaths and injuries from speeding as older cars are phased out.
It would also eliminate one of the leading causes of police stops, reducing racial profiling while improving the safety of police officers and vehicle occupants, especially people of color.
Though it’s doubtful it’ll be well-received here in the US, where too many drivers are considering speeding up their God-given entitlement. And that would lead to an inevitable black market industry disabling them.
Streets For All is working with State Senator Anthony Portantino to sponsor SB 457, which would provide a $2,500 tax refund to all adults who do not own a car.
The aim is to reward people who make the socially conscious choice not to drive, while providing a financial incentive for people to go carless.
Especially in light of a new study that shows the lifetime cost of owning an average small car is $689,000, of which society pays $275,000, while owning a Mercedes SUV is a burden to life of over a million dollars.
Which is about the best argument you can make for spending a discount to ditch your car for good.
Upon reflection, even Ford understands that their ad was despicable.
Or at least, when social media is against them.
Update: Ford has contacted me and has now removed the question from the ad, providing this statement. https://t.co/gspe9scWHs pic.twitter.com/m0N4aefGQu
— Adam Tranter (@adamtranter) June 6, 2022
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes continues.
No bias here. A writer for city watch blames road diets for the failure of Vision Zero in Los Angeles, as well as the increase in traffic jams and road rage, and all the other ills of our streets. Maybe someone should remind him that most of the planned LA road diets never happened, after cowardly board members canceled them.
An 18-year-old Georgia woman faces an attempted murder charge after she intentionally knocked down a woman she knew while the victim was riding a bicycle.
Also in Georgia, a man is facing charges for intentionally running over a 15-year-old boy on a bicycle with his mountain bike, after the boy threw a banana peel on the side of the road next to the property of the man.
But sometimes it’s people on two wheels who misbehave.
A Singaporean delivery man has been sentenced to three days in jail for crashing his high-speed e-bike into a 71-year-old man, breaking his wrist.
The Los Angeles Bicycle Advisory Committee will hold its monthly virtual meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
One Woman’s Game California Coast Classic currently set in North Hollywood comically chronicles the author’s experience with the annual drive from San Fransisco to Malibu to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.
It was time. Caltrans received $35 million in funding from the California Transportation Commission to upgrade traffic signals and install Class II painted bike lanes along a 20-mile stretch of PCH in Orange County.
San Francisco is planning a half-million-dollar pilot program to give free e-bikes to 35 delivery drivers to get them out of their cars and reduce their carbon footprint.
Maybe he’s really lucky. The San Francisco Warriors fan welcomed the nine-year-old fan whose lucky lowrider bike was stolen for Game 2 of the NBA Championship. And won the game.
Yosemite’s bike share system gives you up to two hours to visit the park’s attractions on a bike for free.
People for Bikes suggests three keys to growing large bike networks quickly, getting everyone to the table, not waiting for politics to catch up.
Conde Nast Traveler interviews the plus-size founders of All Bodies on Bikes, who are working to make cycling more inclusive and eliminate fat bias in society as a whole.
Austin, Texas has invested $23.3 million in new cycling infrastructure since 2016, but it still has a long way to go to make the city safe enough to encourage people to use bicycles as their primary mode of transportation.
Chicago will give away 5,000 bikes to city residents this year, along with helmets, locks and beginner cycling lessons.
Yesterday we mentioned an Indianapolis hit and run victim who told police the license plate number of the car that hit her before she died; now it turns out she was intentionally run over by her ex-boyfriend while riding her bike, who was stalking her and their daughter.
Maine cyclists could soon see a $160 million all-terrain bike path connecting the states’ 25 largest cities. “Largest” being a relative term, with Brewer registering in 25th place with just 9,026 residents.
The jealous girlfriend who allegedly killed gravel cycling star Moriah “Mo” Wilson was last seen at Newark, New Jersey, airport three weeks ago, the day after authorities of Austin, Texas, issued a warrant for her arrest.
DC’s 150 miles of bike paths still leave significant gaps in the network, leaving cyclists alone to tackle “eight lanes of death.”
Milan, Italy, has announced plans to build 466 miles of protected cycle lanes to create one of Europe’s largest and most comprehensive cycle networks, with a system of concentric spokes and hubs linking every part of the town.
A Ghanaian website reviews the very cool, but very strange wooden bicycles made by a local artist.
Australia’s new prime minister is one of us, taking a diplomatic ride on bamboo bikes with the Indonesian president during a state visit to West Java.
French professional Clara Copponi survived a mass crash less than a thousand feet from the finish to win the first stage of the Women’s Tour of Britain; the race was delayed for over an hour after a driver rammed into a motorcycle policeman leading the race.
No bias here. The British tabloids went on the attack after a pair of trans women won an all-inclusive fixed gear review, with a young mother finishing third; the race was open to “trans men and women whose physical performance most aligns with cis women.”
Scary moment in the Vuelta a Colombia, when stage three winner Luis Carlos Chia crashed into his own wife, who was taking photos of the race, seconds after crossing the finish line.
Ride a bike profiles transgender female cyclist Molly Cameron, who faced the same prejudice herself. As usual, read it on Yahoo if the magazine blocks you.
The last American winner of the Tour de France announced that he had chronic myeloid leukemia, a slow-growing, treatable form of blood cancer; Greg LeMond says he hopes to be in remission in a few months.
Your next bike could have built-in Bluetooth and a 4G wireless connection. Ride on the road, not under your desk.
And that feeling when your bike is charged by a zebra.
No, here in California.
Be safe and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.
Oh, and damn Poutine too.